Israel is a state based on the principle of Zionism; a national homeland for the Jewish people. Without recognition of the Jewishness of Israel, the Palestinians seem intent on destroying the Jewish character of Israel though demography. Partition of Historic Palestine into two states, according to the principles laid out in UN Resolution 181, is intended to create two states for two peoples; Israel for the Jews and Palestine for the Arabs. The Jews accepted this principle in 1948; the Arabs rejected it and continue to reject it as per Abbas statement. This principle is perhaps the most fundamental of the core issues.
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